Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
13 - 19 March 2017


FRUIT

Put grapes on your shopping list as the range and quality are superb. With over a dozen different varieties to select from including seeded and seedless varieties, juicy grapes are at their best eating in autumn. Prices are ranging from $3-$16 a kilo, depending on variety, size and colour. Try the new elongated black sapphire grapes.

Sweet and fragrant Victoria strawberries are a top buy at $1.50 - $4 a punnet.

Custard apples are in season. Select firm, well-shaped custard apples with dull green skin. Ripen firm fruit at room temperate for 2-3 days until fruit yields to gentle pressure. Enjoy their creamy sweet flavour teamed with passionfruit, oranges, pineapples and kiwifruit. The smaller African Pride variety is selling $8-$12 a kilo.

Although apples are available all year round, the harvesting of the principal varieties takes place from March to May. New season apples include Fuji, Royal Gala, Granny Smith, Delicious and Jonathon. Depending on size and variety apples are 3-$8 a kilo. Apples inherent, sweetness and crunchy texture works deliciously in this Apple, Carrot & Cucumber Salad served with Chicken Skewers.

Succulent and sweet figs are not to be missed out on at 50¢-$3 each. Premium figs need little embellishment, but they are certainly complemented by salty flavours like feta, ricotta and gorgonzola cheese, labneh, prosciutto, pancetta and nuts. Figs are also splendid served plums and blackberries in autumn.

Energy boosting bananas are really eating well and with good supplies bananas are priced at $2-$3 a kilo.

Creamy with a nutty flavour Shepard avocados are in season. Reduced supplies will see avocados retailing at $2-$4 each, depending on size. Avocados contain good unsaturated fat and are the richest source of vitamin E of all the fruits and vegetables. For a tasty midweek meal enjoy Avocado & Tomato Salsa Fish Tortillas.

It’s the perfect time for pears. Williams pears are $2-$4 a kilo, the smaller Corella pears are $4-$8 a kilo and Beurru Bosc pears are $4-$5 a kilo. Firm pears are ideal for finely slicing and adding to a salad. Use firm pears for poaching as they hold their shape better than ripe fruit.

Be adventurous and try prickly pear. These thorny members of the cacti family have a juicy, mild sweet flesh with edible seeds. Wear gloves or hold fruit with tongs when handling. Peel and slice fruit, sprinkle with brown sugar and serve with cream. At $5-$7 a kilo they are worth trying at least once.

Baby kiwifruit also known as kiwiberries are only available for another two weeks. Kiwiberries are the size of a large grape, green in colour and fuzz free. When cut open, they look much like regular kiwifruit with emerald green colour and small black seeds arranged in a typical pattern. Their flavour is similar to kiwfruit; perhaps a bit sweeter, although sugar levels can vary. Kiwiberry are selling for $5-$6 a punnet.

VEGETABLES

Cooler autumn nights are yielding a delicious crop of premium quality milky white cauliflowers selling for around $3-$4 a head.

Super healthy and tasty English spinach is cooked in a flash. Wash thoroughly and cook in a hot pan until it is just wilted. Serve sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. English spinach is a choice buy at $2-$3 a bunch.

Carrots are very tasty at the moment and good value at $1.50-$2.50 for a kilo bag and up to $2.50-$3 for larger carrots, sold loose. Microwave sliced carrots in a drizzle of honey and a little butter until tender. For a sweet treat, or school lunches whip an Easy Orange, Carrot & Almond Cake.

Serve up a steaming bowl of creamy mashed kumara (sweet potato). Kumara is low GI so its carbohydrate provides long-lasting energy. Kumara is a good value at $2-$4 a kilo, depending on Size. Purple and white sweet-potato is $3-$4 a kilo.

Autumn is peak time for quality eggplants. Choose eggplant that is firm, heavy fruit has a taut glossy deeply coloured skin and a fresh green stem. Eggplants can be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week, but handle with care as they bruise easily. Eggplants are selling for $3-$5 a kilo.

Brown onions from South Australia and Tasmania are a top buy at $2-$3 a kilo. Greengrocers are offering specials of bulk buys. Caramelised onion is delicious added to a pizza topping, served with sausages, used in a frittata or whip up a pot of French onion soup.

Have you ever tried pickling your own olives? Whilst a bit time consuming it is a very rewarding experience to pickle olives. Green olives are plentiful right now so gather up your jars and get bottling. Green olives are $4-$6 a kilo depending on size and variety.

For value, quality and ease of preparation corn on the cob is a winner. For maximum flavour buy corn that is still wrapped in its protective husk with the tassel of silk attached. Boil, steam or microwave and serve with a herb butter. Corn is a top buy at 50¢-$1 each.

FLOWERS

There are so many beautiful reasons to visit your local florist. Apart from smelling the roses there are also so many flower to select from. In season flowers include nerines, sedum, lisianthus, dahlia, celosia, snow berries, pink ice protea, oriental lilies, pineapple lily, Siam tulips, bouvardia, beehive ginger, sunflowers, roses, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, dancing lady, Easter daisies, roses (a good range of colours) and tuberoses.

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Prices quoted in this report are only relevant for the week of the report. All prices are estimates only as prices vary depending on variety, size and quality of produce and the trading area. For further information please contact Sue Dodd, Retail Support Manager on tel 0438 725 453.


Published On 2017-03-12 21:45:00

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